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christine. >> thanks, zain. thanks for joining the conversation this week on "your money." please fine me on facebook and on twitter. my handle is @christineromans. hello, i'm miguel marquez in for fredricka whitfield. here are the stories we're following in the "cnn newsroom." new victims from deadly storms in oklahoma. families who tried to find shelter in the storm drains were swept away in floods. the latest details next. coming up this week, the judge in the george zimmerman-trayvon martin is expected to make a couple more key rulings in the case. we'll talk to our legal analyst in a few minutes.
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we just learned more people have been found dead after tornadoes in oklahoma. officials say four people were seeking shelter in storm drains and then they got swept away in floods. we also learned today that three storm chasers are among the victims in the tornadoes. tim samaras and carl young were following a twister in el reno. samaras' son, paul, was also with them. discovery channel shared these pictures with us. three were on its show "storm chasers." many people in the worst hit areas in oklahoma are busy cleaning up this weekend but some took a little break this morning to go to church. nick valencia got the chance to go to one of those services. nick, how emotional was it? >> reporter: there were some tears. there were some dry eyes. there were some people who were still very -- those emotions were very raw in there. i don't know if you can tell from those pictures, but the
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church was without power. it was a very small church. it felt more like a home than anything else. they invited us in. very generous of them to invite us in there. we spoke with one resident whose storm didn't get damaged by the storm but she herself was still very shaken up by what happened. >> i did fine friday night and yesterday but when i got here, the tears just started flowing. this is where i want to be. the tornado hit just about a mile and a half from my house. i was in my above-ground storm shelter and i stayed safe. but so much so close is gone. >> she was 1 of about 50 people that went to church earlier this morning. she was -- she is an insurance agent and she's getting a lot of calls from people in the community who have been dealing with homes lost, damage, valuables lost. she says that really has had a
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hard impact on her. >> it is so difficult. everything that they own disappears in a split second. what was the pastor's message? how can he console people? >> well, he was saying -- i asked him a very tough question. you know this from our reporting here and from being here in oklahoma. it is very faith-based community. i asked him how do you keep your faith in a time like this? these are natural disasters that they say are created by god. he said this is all part god's plan. it is a renewable by mother nature, he says. it is more important now than ever to keep faith and every one of the people we spoke to in that church still has a very strong faith and that's what they are holding on to right now to get them through. >> nick valencia for us in oklahoma, thank you very much. more sad news out of oklahoma. fire officials tell us four more bodies were recovered last night and this morning. officials say families tried to find shelter from the tornadoes
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in storm drains. then they got caught in the flash floods. officials also tell us that they are searching for more people who are missing, including children. the severe weather threat now moves to the east coast and karen maginnis joins us in the severe weather center. karen, what are we looking at? >> we've got some high winds, heavy downpours and they're saying that in a bchmaine they seeing the worst rainfall in years. temperatures now have dramatically cooled. i just looked at this about an hour ago. temperatures were well into the 80s. even some 90s across sections of new england, specifically into maine. lots of lightning and high winds. wind gusts up to 65 miles an hour. there is a severe thunderstorm watch which continues from eastern new york, extending on up towards maine. this goes until 8:00 tonight and as you can see, there is another
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round of rain that you are expecting across this region, even into new hampshire and through the mountains we are expecting some gusty winds and lots of rainfall there expected as well. we don't have any watches further south but that doesn't mean the weather is not going to really rip up here as we start to watch some thunderstorms encroach across the atlanta metropolitan area. also headed towards charlotte and into the western edge of north carolina. watch out for some gusty winds and some heavy downpours. in st. louis, they saw between five and ten inches of rainfall. rivers are filling up. not just the mississippi. all the rivers around the midwest. we could see the fourth record setting levels there probably by tuesday, possibly into wednesday. take a look at this. these are the signatures of just how much rainfall was observed from the round of storms that moved across that region as we saw last friday. another big story is the fires across the west with the searing heat. we'll talk about that in the next hour. and cool weather conditions in
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oklahoma city today. right now the temperature's 71. >> watch the skies and your feet. thank you, karen maginnis. the mother of a dying little girl says the obama administration is choosing to let her daughter die. here's why. the 10-year-old has been waiting for a year for a lung transplant she desperately needs to live but the policy requires children to be at least 12 before they can qualify for an adult lung. on friday health secretary kathleen sebelius refused to intervene and instead ordered the transplant guidelines to be reviewed. sarah's mother says that's not enough. >> i have a lot of faith that we've affected great change for children in the future, but for children to die, they're still dying, and secretary sebelius is going to allow that to continue. it is in her authority but she has chosen to let my daughter die. >> sarah's mother is now making a direct plea for anyone to donate a lunge in sarah's name.
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the health and human services department says it is very sympathetic to the situation and aims to be fair. six u.s. members of congress are winding down a week in russia. they concluded that the u.s. and russia could have worked better together to try to prevent the boston marathon bombings. officials said tsarnaev and his mother had had radical beliefs before they came to the u.s. in turkey thousands of people are clashing with police in istanbul. medics are taking away the wounded. anti-government demonstrators have been clashing with police and fired back with water cannons and teargas. the situation in turkey is developing quickly. more protests have been reported around the country.
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our senior international correspondent ivan watson is in istanbul. ivan, sounds like these things are flaring up again. >> reporter: miguel, i'm having a little trouble hearing you. but i'm maybe about a mile away from the scare which was the battleground for 36 hours from friday to saturday between riot cops and demonstrators. that place is controlled by demonstrators. i'm next to a big soccer stadium where there is a crowd of more than 10,000 predominantly young demonstrators who have been pushing up against police barricades trying to get to the office in istanbul of the turkish prime minister and they've been pelted with teargas canisters, with water cannons and the crowd has been screaming "resign, resign." the unrest certainly is not over in istanbul and it has spread in the last 48 hours to at least four or five other tee turkish cities. >> ivan, turkey obviously a
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very, very close ally to the u.s. in an area that we like having an ally in. the turkish prime minister, erdowan, democratically elected. is he really in trouble from these demos? >> well, these are certainly the biggest street protests i have seen against erdowan in more than ten years that his party has been in power here. he does enjoy votes from the majority of the turkikish population. had he more thn 50% of the votes in the last election. but it is clear that his had governing style and perhaps his rhetoric and some of his policies really angered a certain urban segment of society that finally feels it has no other recourse explode but with violence and anger out in the street with many complaining that the media's too tightly cold and sensored by the government and that in the past
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when they've tried to hold protests, they get attack by the riot police so that frustration that's been bubbling for years now is really exploding into the streets and the turkish prime minister, who is such a close u.s. ally, he has taken a page from some of the books of some of the other real dictators of the middle east by using excessive use of force from the police to break up these demonstrators. he has referred to the demonstrators as basically vandals and marginal groups refusing to concede that this could be a broad sector of society that's deeply unhappy with him. >> i want to point out we are looking at live pictures right now of taksim scare quare in isl where seemingly protesters are gathering and milling about. a lot of people out in the streets. very late right now. a developing situation. this seems to have overwhelmed
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the government and caught them by surprise. yes? >> it is. because what's ridiculous about this, miguel, it started with a couple of dozen protesters holding a sit-in this a park last monday that they didn't want demolition by the government to make a shopping mall. the people kept basically peppering people sitting in the grass with water spray. the images particularly of a young woman in a red dress being sprayed in the face by a riot cop has been part of what's galvanized and triggered this massive outwar of -- outrage from the people here. perhaps if those measures had not been taken three and four days ago, you wouldn't have the biggest street protests and riots we've seen in this country in more than a decade. >> amazing. ivan watson, you and your crew stay safe out there. a top republican claims top irs officials in washington are behind the tax targeting
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extracurricular activities like this. >> to the right. to the the left. >> several events teaching irs workers how to dance the cupid shuffle for a 2010 conference. candy crowley anchor of "state of the union" joins us now. you had darrel issa on your show today, powerful chairman of the house oversight committee. he says washington coordinated the targeting. what's he base that on? >> they have begun to interview the folks that were in a cincinnati office that was at the beginning the irs was saying this was a couple of front lines of cincinnati that were doing this. they are finding hints that the actual order to target any kind of organization that was applying for tax exempt status that had the name tea party or patriot in it and to kind of pull them out for extra
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scrutiny, the folks that they have talked to -- we saw at least portions of the trikts of those interviews said they believed and felt that the orders for that came from washington. but i specifically asked darrel issa if he had that direct link, if someone said, yes, so and so from this office called us and said we want you to target tea party and patriot type groups. they don't have that. they will continue to look. >> also from your show, here's an example of just how nasty things are getting in washington. issa even called out the president's press secretary, jay carney. >> their paid liar, their spokesperson, picture behind, he's still making up things about what happens in calling this local rogue. there's no indication -- the reason that lois learner tried to take the fifth is not because there's a rogue in cincinnati. it's because this is a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of washington headquarters and
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we're getting to proving it. >> it is an extraordinary claim. how far can republicans push this? >> it is interesting, because in the same interview, i don't know if you recall, but congressman issa and attorney general eric holder have had quite the relationship. i think it is pretty fair to say that at least publicly they've been outright hostile to each other when it has been witnes d witnessed. i asked had him, given some of what attorney general holder has said under oath, whether he thought eric holder had lied. he stepped around that. i asked him if he thought eric holder should resign and he said well that's up to the president. so he took this hard pot shot at spokesman -- at the president's spokesman but is not at the attorney general. i mean the power is not in the white house spokesman. it was a cheap shot. and you get those when tensions run high. but they firmly believe --
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certainly the congressman firmly believes that the white house has been sort of leaning on this idea that rogue agents were out there and had nothing to do with any kind of plan from washington, d.c. that's what he was talking about specifically. but it was kind of a hard, cheap shot. yeah. >> sounds like we are in for a long, hot summer. a lot to keep your eyes on this week in washington. candy crowley, thank you very much. just days before the george zimmerman murder trial gets under way, attorneys will be battling it out in court, fighting over a 911 tape that could prove critical to the case. find out why after the break. if you're looking to go to school, you deserve more than just flexibility and convenience. so here are a few reasons to choose university of phoenix. our average class size is only 14 students. our financial tools help you make smart choices about how to pay for school. our faculty have, on average, over 16 years of field experience. we'll help you build a personal career plan. we build programs based on what employers are looking for.
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we had some big decisions handed down earlier this week in the george zimmerman case.
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a judge ruled that zimmerman's attorney cannot use parts of trayvon martin's past in their defense. specifically, drug use, familiarity with guns and possible past fights. want to bring in hln's legal analyst, and wendy murphy, joey jackson. the judge left some legal room if zimmerman's attorneys can show relevancy they may be able to introduce some of the testimony at some point? >> sure. good afternoon. what happens is the judge had to leave wiggle room because what happens in these instances is you can open the door. that's something to say that for example, although not admissible, any instances of past conduct, suspension histories, text mess angst where he likes guns or he's talking about gun use, drug use, none of that comes in. however, if character is put at issue, then it may come in so the door is open there. but quite frankly, miguel, i thought the judge in making this ruling did the defense a fair. days of when the victim is on trial are done and passed.
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i think the jury is not concerned about let's talk about an damage trayvon mar tirn and say he was a bad person. they're concerned about the critical moments that led to his death. that's what has to be proven by the state, that george zimmerman acted in a criminally responsible way that rises to the level of second degree murder. i think that should be the focus as opposed to muddying up the victim in the case. >> i know the defense is saying that. i'm not entirely convinced they agree with you. but wendy, how are you? an audio expert is expected to testify they heard trayvon martin say i'm begging you in the background call of the 911 call just before george zimmerman shot martin. how important would that testimony be? >> you know, it's hard to tell because, although an expert may be allowed to testify, the jury's going to use its own senses, too. and if they listen and hear screaming and they decide that the voice is notrayvon martin,
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but in fact is george zimmerman, which they may well decide, then it doesn't matter what an expert says. what they're going to do in my opinion is compare the "who was screaming" evidence to what the injuries indicate. let's remember, trayvon martin wasn't injured except for the fatal shot, george zimmerman had a lot of body injuries. will they hear that expert testimony and give it maybe some consideration? no doubt about it. but when the defense says come on, use your common sense, you listen to the tape, you think about it, who's the one screaming? the one with the injuries or the one without, i don't know. it is not a slam-dunk bit of evidence in my opinion for the prosecution. >> i want to ask you, obviously a very big case, a very public case, a very emotional case and a case that just about everyone's heard of getting a jury sat is going to be tough. i want to ask you both about it.
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jo joey, how tough is it going to be? >> i think it could take some time, miguel. it is a case that you mentioned, is not only in sanford, florida and florida in general, but across the country. not only have people heard about it, but people have strong opinions one way or the other. so the issue is not so much people who have heard or haven't heard. but the issue is can you impanel a jury even who has heard about it who can keep an open mind, who can keep some perspective and not let outside influences really creep in their thinking. finally, miguel, we deal with the honor system in america and in an american justice. courts constantly admonish juries, listen, when you go home, don't read anything, don't hear anything, don't speak to anyone and we respect that process. so if you can get a jury that could be objective, i think you can impanel one and they could really listen to the evidence, entertain both sides and renner a verdict which is just and fair and that's all we can ask at the end of the day. >> wendy, how do you see jury selection going down in this case? >> i think the jury selection
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process is probably the most important piece of this case. look, even jurors who think they're fair and believe sincerely that they can listen to the evidence and they won't bring their own biases to the table, the fact is, especially when it comes to things like racism, we don't even know how to recognize those things in ourselves. so you can bet the prosecution is going to be mindful of the fact that whatever you think about the evidence, there are lots of people in this country who think trayvon martin was followed, targeted, profiled, and ultimately killed because of his skin color. and if there is a juror who feels that emotion, even if they don't think they do, that's the juror who could make or break the prosecution's case. that is also a juror who could pose problems for the defense even if they're trying to be fair. >> that is the big question. this has been tried in the media to such a large degree. both of you, joey, do you think
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it is winnable for the defense? >> i mean it certainly could be. here's why i say that. a lot of focus, of course, from the prosecution's perspective will be placed upon the bad judgment of george zimmerman in stepping out of his vehicle and disobeying the law enforcement and the 9/11 operator who said get back in your vehicle. one, was he in imminent fear of his life? number two, was the force used proportionate to any threat that he felt? so if he could establish and based upon injuries, we know he was injured. he was cuts, lacerations to his head, he has a broken or bloody nose. if he can do that, he does have a shot to prevail. >> thank you both very much. a deadly tornado in oklahoma takes many people by surprise,
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we now know that three storm chasers were among the dead after a series of tornadoes hit oklahoma. crews toed away the car these three storm chasers were in today. can you see, it is crushed almost beyond recognition.
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they are just a few of the people who see tornadoes all the time. but suddenly found themselves in really bad situations. the weather channel's storm chase car tossed like a toy, mike bettis and his team lucky to survive. >> what is it that you thought about when you were up there? >> a near-death experience for him but three other experienced storm chasers lost their lives. tim samaras, his son paul an teammate carl young were all killed near reno, oklahoma. soledad o'brien spoke to tim samaras in 2004. >> how close was too close? >> the tornado was about 100 yards and closing. >> how fast do they close on
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you? >> this particular tornado is moving about 15 to 20 miles an hour. >> wow. >> yes. in fact, we can see telephone poles being ripped out of the ground and absorbed into the tornado as i did the first drum. >> reporter: brandon sullivan and his storm chasing team also had a close call. >> you okay? >> yeah. they survived not a scratch but there were some very scary moments. in a massive storm spotting, a series of tornadoes most of the nine people killed died in their cars. >> one of the things we think happened this week with all the congestion on the roads is that people were out trying to find other buildings and places to go to. >> reporter: another hard lesson in this season of storms, unless you are certain you can make it to a safe place, better to shelter where you are than to try to outrun a tornado no matter how fast or souped up
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your car may be. >> chad meyers joins us live now in reno. chad, this storm surprised so many of those people who do this for a living. why? how could this have happened? >> reporter: you know, we were about seven miles south of this location, el reno. as the storm continued to develop, it was traveling just a little bit to the south and east. then it turned hard left and moved northeast, came across this area and turned south again. it was a wobbler and it was big. there is damage a mile wide here. it may not be the f-4, f-5 that moore was, but the damage is widespread. i'm standing in a technology park. we should have cars parked here but we have airplanes parked here. this tech center would be telling kids how to work on this. here's the front. here's the motor. there's the wing. here's the fuselage. i don't know where the tail is, it is not even attached. but just as i walked by this plane, it says right there, wing goes here. so the kids know where to put
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the wing. unfortunately, the wing that was attached is over there and there is the landing gear as well, the retractible gear over there. this area is a mess. maybe ef-3 but i'm thinking you're almost all the way up to e finance h 4 damage here, somewhere 60 miles an hour to do the damage to the buildings we see in this area. >> chad, was it also a function of how many storms got spun out by this wide thing? a lot of tornadoes all at the same time? yes? >> reporter: kind of. kind of suction spots. they're called vortices. as soon as it touched down, one was going this one, and they were kind of rotating around each other causing this multi-vortex tornadoes. these fingers as they wrapped around were on the ground in separate places catching these storm chasers off guard. i think the left-hand turn made a big difference of how this thing was chased and why people were killed and injured in their
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vehicles. a vehicle is not the place to be in any tornado, especially a big one like that. those field scientists out there doing their jobs were killed in the process and we all mourn their loss. >> chad meyers, thank you very much. she captured the hearts of millions of americans playing edith on "all in the family." the unforgettable life and career of actress jean stapleton just ahead. [ male announcer ] my client gloria has a lot going on in her life. wife, mother, marathoner. but one day it's just gonna be james and her. so as their financial advisor, i'm helping them look at their complete financial picture -- even the money they've invested elsewhere -- to create a plan that can help weather all kinds of markets. because that's how they're getting ready, for all the things they want to do. [ female announcer ] when people talk, great things can happen. so start a conversation with an advisor who's fully invested in you. wells fargo advisors. together we'll go far.
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it is a major loss for those of us who grew up with her work. actress jean stapleton has died at her home in new york. she was 90 years old. many of you knew stapleton as her role as archie bunker's wife
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in the legendary sitcom "all in the family." her children say their mother passed away peacefully of natural causes. here is a look back at stapleton's life and extraordinary career. ♪ boy the way glen miller played ♪ ♪ songs that made the hit parade ♪ ♪ guys like us we had it made ♪ those were the days >> reporter: that familiar tune from the 1970s. >> with your's your mother? edith! edith! >> hello, archie, how was your day? >> jean stapleton played the lovable and daffy edith, the wife of archie bunker on the ground-breaking 1970s sitcom, "all in the family." >> get the supper on the family! >> we're going to eat out tonight. >> here she tells larry king that she took a buy-out and never made residuals on the show. >> i've never had a regret?
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why should i? i benefited daily from having done that role and basking in its success. and everything i do is because i gained recognition and some understanding of what i do from that experience. >> reporter: stapleton won many fans, three emmys and two golden globes for that role. the show took chances that no one else did at the time, like having the sound of a toilet flush and addressing touchy topics like racism. >> archie said he never thought he'd see the day when colored and whites would be hugging and kissing coast to coast. >> reporter: stapleton was a new yorker through and through, born in the city and she died of natural causes at her home there on friday. stapleton was a stage veteran before she got into tv. her mother was an opera singer an she also sang playing next to barbara streisand in the broadway sensation "funny girl."
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>> i tell you, it is the most rewarding experience every single night to hear that laughter and to respond to it as an actor. >> reporter: stapleton had two children who both have their own careers in television. ♪ those were the days plk. >> joining me now from los angeles, host of larry king now on aura tv, the legend himself, larry king. larry, you interviewed jean stapleton. what do you remember most about that interview? >> how gracious she was and how honest she was and how open she was, as you saw in that little clip there, when she was just thrilled to get the part. that didn't bother her a great deal about residuals. she knew it made her much more famous than she ever thought she would be. she was a grand lady and a multi-talented person. she could sing. a lot of people didn't know
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that. broadway musicals. she won tonys. of course see put a stamp on one role, mrs. bunker -- that made her forever known as one of the true legends of american television. >> we shall point out she was a much better singer than edith bunker in that start to the sitcom. >> yes. yes. >> that show, "all in the family," it went to all sorts of places with social issues. how did her role specifically play a part? >> well, she was -- had to play off carol o'connor. she was also on with us on cnn the night carol died. o'connor was the main plug of that show. very similar to the ancient "honeymooners" where gleason was the central character and alice, the wife had to play off him. edith had to play off carol o'connor and she often had to play kind of sort of an idiot but she really wasn't an idiot. then as the seasons went on, they gave a lot more depth to
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her. she -- the time that she would have illnesses and she would have growth, and then she became a feminist which shock archie. so she had to grow with the part as well. you put a stamp on a role as she did -- and that show started in britain. originally "'til death do us part" as a british show. it wasn't here initially but they tinkered with it, it moved from one network to another. it was originally abc, wound up on cbs. it failed in its first winter. they held on to it and played it in the summer reruns. it became hate. then of course, became number one show for five straight years. >> amazing. larry king, on a truly historical role. thank you very much for joining us, mr. king. we love larry king. >> love you, baby. thanks. a shocking loss for singer bruno mars as well today. a representative for the star
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so if 50 is the new 30, a lot of us are not slowing down any time soon. the old concept of retiring is shifting with many folks starting second or third careers later in life. lori siegel is here to tell us what a new push by the aarp to help people launch a second act. >> reporter: hey, miguel. the aarp is launching a campaign to help you achieve your goals later in life. it is called life reimagined. they've also signed on some heavy hitters who have transformed their own careers over the last decade. i sat down with emilioest fan and hall of fame quarterback dan marino. they gave me an inside look at the site that's really aimed at helping people through those tranligs later in life. >> it is going to help people just move through life in different ways and what's next in your life and it is a lifestyle, it is information, it is a lot of things that elderly people or people who just want information about different things that they need to do in
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life, it's there for them. >> people are going through big life transitions and they can go to life reimagined and they can just get a little bit of help with that. how do they get help? >> now more than ever. we go through difficult times, that's when they came for me. i said this is a great opportunity to help people. >> they are a social network. inside it. say are you a retired fireman and are you looking for something you want to do in the next step in your life, can you connect with all the other firemen that might be thinking about the same things or -- that's just an example. >> you guys have both had such rich careers. you guys have lots of resources and lots of people surrounding you. is this second act you giving back to people and helping people try to have almost a community that you guys have built? >> i've been very fortunate. we both have. a lot of us in business have. i played until i was 38 years old. after that it's like what's next for me. >> we are perfect examples.
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my business being in the music business, even i won 19 grammys, the whole situation with the downloading, the whole business was going a different direction. i have to re-invent myself in a way to buy restaurants or buy hotels and do films, television, documentaries. >> what is your life reimagined look like? >> well, as it's going on, i would think that it's trying to make myself better as a person, make myself better as a professional in everything that i'm doing, try to change people's lives in a positive way. >> how about you? >> something i think as an immigrant, you learn to re-invent yourself. coming, i was a kid, that i left cuba looking for freedom, get my family out of cuba. so i learn a lot of things. but i think to me, it is to live life. >> obviously these guys, entrepreneurs, constantly reimagining their own careers. i should also mention, they're paid spokesman for the aarp. >> thank you very much, laurie.
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when a powerful ef-5 tornado hit down of moore, oklahoma about two weeks ago, volunteers from all over the country joined the recovery efforts. we were there when the tornado victims from joplin, missouri showed up to help oklahomans who were there for them when the ef-5 tornado tore through their town two years earlier. an emotional reunion. powerful tornadoes bringing together families of moore and
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joplin. >> so glad you guys are okay. >> reporter: summer milton, eight months pregnant, her home heavily damaged in moore. two years ago she organized relief supplies for erin stevens who lost her home in the joplin, tornado. cnn was there. >> i can't do it again. it was too much. it is a miracle. it is god alone that we are alive. >> reporter: she an her family including isabella, just 19 months old, rode out the category 5 storm in the bathtub. >> you could feel the house trying to lift. then our tub after two yanks we flipped over and started flying. there was six of us, including our 19-month-old daughter in the tub and we just held on for dear life. r remember india erin and her family back on their feet are returning the favor. >> it was the same peoe who brought stuff to us and helped us out just lost their house. exact same people.
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we are just paying it forward. >> reporter: two cities, two families tied together by tragedy. erin's mother kathy mason not only lost her home but her sister perished in a tornado that claimed 161 lives. >> with every trial and tribulation we go through, it grows our faith in god. >> reporter: kathy still lives in joplin with you with housing stock low after the storm, erin moved an hour east to springfield. despite the distance, they are closer than ever. >> we are more aware of each other's needs. we're more aware of each other's feelings. >> i feel like when you go through a trial like this you don't really have any other option but to become closer and stronger. >> reporter: the hard lessons of tornado alley. now shared and shouldered by families who know today's pain and hardships to come. now joplin was just hammered by that ef-5 tornado and the city says it is now 85%, perhaps 90%
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thank you for joining us. i'm miguel marquez in for fredricka whitfield. new victims from deadly storms in oklahoma. families who tried to find shelter in storm drains were swept away in floods. the latest details next. severe weather is hovering right over the east coast now. there is a danger of hail and strong winds. we have the forecast also next. angelina jolie was back on the red carpet today for the first time since she announced her double mastectomy. we'll tell what you she had to say about her health scare a little later. more people have been found dead after tornado and floods in oklahoma. the oklahoma city fire chief says two families sought shelter in storm drains on friday night, then got swept away in flash floods. four bodies have been recovered, two adults and two children.
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officials are still searching for more people. the string of storms claimed 19 lives in oklahoma, missouri and arkansas. nine in oklahoma got caught in the tornado. three in missouri and three in arkansas were in floods. now those four others in floods in oklahoma. it is a lot for people to come to terms with and many turned to sunday morning church services for some comfort. nick valencia got a chance to go to one of those services. nick, what was the pastor's message? >> reporter: to keep your faith. at a time like this when you question why did this happen to me, this is widespread destruction. you know this, miguel -- past couple of weeks have been very difficult for the community here. it is like they can't catch a break when it comes to severe weather. i asked the pastor, what more can you expand on your message, what more can you tell your parishioners in a time like this? >> i don